GOSHEN — Lamar Paflas leaves behind a sweet legacy in Goshen.
The former owner of the Olympia Candy Kitchen, 136 N. Main St., died Saturday morning, July 27, from injuries he sustained in a car accident early on Monday morning, July 22, family members said.
He was 89 years old.
His grandson, Kare Andersen, now runs daily operations at the store and remembers Paflas as a caring man with a great sense of humor.
“He was just quick-witted,” Andersen said.
Lamar’s father, Nicholas Paflas, bought the shop in 1923 and renamed it the Olympia Candy Kitchen. Lamar started working in his father’s shop at age 10 and, although he sold it to daughter Kathy Andersen in 1982, still showed up to help out a few times a week.
“He came in three days a week and made the potato salad,” Kare Andersen said.
When he wasn’t working, Andersen said Paflas enjoyed playing golf and, according to an obituary from Yoder-Culp Funeral Home, Paflas was a charter member of the Maplecrest Country Club.
Andersen said his grandfather was also an avid fan of Notre Dame football and the Chicago Cubs.
Paflas played football for Goshen High School, where he earned the nickname “Dynamite” on the field before playing for Notre Dame during his freshman year of college.
He was called up to serve in the U.S. Navy after his freshman year
“He was a World War II vet,” Andersen said. “Those guys just seem tougher than everyone else. He beat cancer a couple times and had congestive heart failure and he just kept going. He always made sure Olympia was going well and made sure we had the mayonnaise made.”
There will be no visitation and the family will hold a private burial in Violett Cemetery. A public memorial service will be held at a later date.